Jonathan Taylor crosses the finish line to win the Sunderland 10K race

Jonathan Taylor crosses the finish line to win the Sunderland 10K race

Thousands took to the Wearside streets for the Sunderland 10k on Sunday morning despite the cold and wet conditions.

Jonathan Taylor, from the Morpeth Harriers won the 10K run, while Elswick Harriers’ Justina Heslop won the women’s event.

The Run Sunderland Festival also saw Tadele Mulugeta of Elswick Harriers win the Half Marathon, while Gateshead Harrier Michelle Nolan won the women’s race.

The two races, which had a rise in participation from last year, both started and finished in Keel Square for the first time, with the Mayor Councillor Barry Curran, and local athletics star Aly Dixon starting the race.

The race was sponsored by Siglion who have been at the for-front of the rejuvenation of Sunderland.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Siglion is pleased to have been the title sponsor for these events which bring so much vitality and excitement to the city centre”

The race included a number of runners not from the North Wast, with one group of 14 from china taking part in the race, while others ran for athletics clubs, charities and some in fancy dress.